FCC Enforcement Monitor — August 2013

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By Scott R Flick and Paul A Cicelski

On 1 August 2013, the FCC issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL) in the amount of $31,875 (£20,500) to an individual in New Jersey for repeated use of a GPS jamming device. The individual had installed a signal jammer in his company-supplied truck, apparently to prevent his employer’s GPS tracking system from knowing his whereabouts.

While use of a signal jammer is itself illegal, the offender compounded his troubles when his GPS signal jammer interfered with the navigation signals at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The FCC’s investigation into this matter arose when the FCC was contacted by the Federal Aviation Administration on behalf of the Port Authority.

The FAA reported that the Port Authority had been experiencing interference in testing a ground-based aviation navigation system at Newark Liberty International Airport…

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